Treasure Coast man sentenced to 20 years in prison for child pornography

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - A 46-year-old Port St. Lucie man was sentenced on Monday after being convicted on charges of child pornography in 2012, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Cameron Dean Bates was sentenced to 20 years in prison followed by 15 years of supervised release and registration as a sex offender.

According to testimony at trial, in March 2011 St. Lucie County Sheriff Office's detectives, as well as members of the South Florida Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, began investigating Bates. The investigation revealed that between December 2010 and June 19, 2012, Bates had several Internet protocol (IP) addresses in St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties that were used to download and share child pornography files.

According to prosecutors, on June 29, 2012 investigators executed a search warrant of Bates' home and seized a Dell laptop computer from his car. A full forensics analysis of the laptop found numerous, non-deleted child pornography images and videos, which included a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  It also found adult pornography produced by Bates, according to prosecutors.


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